Are My Novels Middle-Grade or Young Adult? Having Trouble Figuring It Out?

Asked by: Larry Murali

What is the difference between middle grade and young adult books?

Middle-grade fiction refers to books written for readers between the ages of 8 and 12, while young adult fiction refers to books written for readers roughly between the ages of 12 and 18.

What age range are young adult novels for?

(The definition of YA is increasingly fuzzy, but it generally refers to books written for 12- to 17-year-olds. Meanwhile, the cultural definition of “young adult” now stretches practically to age 30, which may have something to do with this whole phenomenon.)

What is the age range for middle grade books?

ages eight to 12

Most middle grade books are designated by publishers for ages eight to 12, while middle school students range in age from 10 to 15.

How do you tell what age range a book is?

On the book’s sales page, select either the hardcover or paperback edition. Scroll down until you see the “Product Details” section. You’ll find age range, grade level, page count, Lexile measure (reading difficulty), average rating, and category information.

Is Percy Jackson middle grade or YA?

Examples of middle grade fiction include Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White, the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan, and the early Harry Potter books.

Is Harry Potter middle grade or YA?

Harry Potter is not technically YA, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t change the way YA is made and marketed. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone is not a YA novel. It’s middle-grade, meaning it’s for children between the ages of 8 and 12.

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Can adults read middle grade books?

As readers, we’ve collectively decided that it’s perfectly acceptable to read young adult fiction at any age, and that’s as it should be. Perhaps this is, in part, due to YA books accessibility across media, with many popular YA books and series being turned into movie franchises, TV shows, and miniseries.

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